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Here's How Channing Tatum Went From College Dropout To Box Office 'Magic'

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Channing Tatum

It's no surprise Channing Tatum was announced People's Sexiest Man Alive this year. 

Every one of his big movies of 2012 from "21 Jump Street" to "Magic Mike" earned well over $100 million at the worldwide box office.

Tatum's been in the spotlight for much of the last decade most known for his dancing moves in the "Step Up" franchise

However, before he took over the Hollywood screen, he performed on a few different stages.

From college drop out to dancing alongside Ricky Martin, see how Tatum broke out in the biz.

Tatum went from college drop out to stripper and model.

Tatum dropped out of college despite receiving a full scholarship to Glenville State College in West Virginia to play football.

He then took on a multitude of jobs including construction work, mortgage broking, and a Dillard's cologne salesman. Tatum even spent time as a stripper before he began modeling.



2000: Tatum says he was paid $400 to perform as a backup dancer in Ricky Martin's "She Bangs."

At the time, Tatum told Jimmy Fallon he didn't realize dancers made little money.

"I had no idea that video dancers make like no money," said Tatum. "I made like $400 for five days of work."

It's kind of tough to find him in the video. He pops up near the end with decorative face paint.



Early 2000s: Tatum has modeled for Abercrombie & Fitch, Armani, Dolce & Gabana, and Vogue magazine.



See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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